How to Mix on CD Decks

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How to Mix on CD Decks
Mix on CD turntable decks. (CDJ 200 - Pioneer Mixer image by deegray from

Mixing on CD decks provides great convenience for DJs who don't have their entire collections in vinyl form. In many cases, the music you would like to play is not available on vinyl. You can connect CD decks to a mixer to blend, transition and adjust pitch as you would with vinyl on turntables.

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Things you need

  • Mixer
  • Headphones
  • 2 RCA cables
  • Speakers (optional)

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  1. 1

    Connect the CD decks to your mixer by inserting one end of each colour-coded RCA cable into the corresponding audio output ports on your CD turntables. Connect the other ends of the RCA cables into the audio input ports on your mixer.

  2. 2

    Connect your headphones by inserting the headphone plug into the corresponding jack on the mixer.

  3. 3

    Cue the audio in both decks. Play each CD deck until their audio is set to playback as desired. Play both decks simultaneously.

  4. 4

    Slide the mixer’s crossfader handle toward one CD deck. Monitor the other CD deck’s audio as it is playing into your headphones, but not outwardly to your speakers.

  5. 5

    Adjust the pitch and speed of the CD deck whose audio you are monitoring, but not playing outwardly if you are using a deck with the capability. Slide the pitch adjust lever up and down to increase and decrease the speed of the CD deck until both audio sources match in time.

  6. 6

    Slide the crossfader handle completely toward the CD deck whose audio you are monitoring. Slide the crossfader quickly for a sudden change in the audio output. Slide the crossfader handle slowly to execute a blend as the audio from the previous CD deck fades out gradually.

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